Autonomous vehicles have advanced technologies that “self-drive” using features such as auto-braking and lane-keeping. Some are advanced enough to drive themselves, although most on the roadway today still require humans in the driver’s seats. As the rates of autonomous vehicle accidents continue to climb throughout the U.S., it becomes more and more important to have an accident law firm in your corner that can handle these types of claims. The Gwinnett County autonomous vehicle injury attorneys at Dermer Appel Ruder have the experience to help you win your case.
It’s no secret that the number of autonomous vehicles on the roads has drastically increased in the last few years. The global market for autonomous vehicles is steadily growing, as is the percentage of drivers who say they’d be willing to use autonomous cars in the future. With more self-driving cars on the road, it’s no surprise that the number of accidents has increased correspondingly.
Recently, an autonomous vehicle took a pedestrian’s life for the first time in Tempe, Arizona. Elaine Herzberg was pushing a bicycle across a freeway when a Volvo SUV using driverless technology struck and killed her, failing to sense her and stop the vehicle in time to prevent the collision. Other accidents involving autonomous cars have taken the lives of drivers in Florida and California as well.
So far, the vehicle manufacturers at the top of the burgeoning autonomous vehicle industry include Tesla, Uber, Google, Toyota, Hyundai, GM, Ford, and Honda. Models with autonomous vehicle features include the Google Waymo, Audi A8, BMW, Cadillac CT6, Mercedes-Benz, and all Tesla models. If you get into an accident with any of these or another autonomous vehicle in Georgia, contact one of our attorneys. The self-driving technology may have played a role in your crash.
The technology behind autonomous vehicles is still relatively new. There have been glitches and mistakes that have caused serious and fatal car accidents. Tests prior to releasing self-driving cars were unfortunately not enough to ensure the safety and efficiency of the technology. It isn’t until the vehicles are out on the road in real-life situations that the manufacturers can fully test the autonomous features.
So far, issues with the sensors in self-driving cars have been the most frequent cause of accidents. The death of one driver in Williston, Florida, occurred when the self-driving technology of a Tesla S sports car failed to register the bright white side of an 18-wheeler on the highway. The autopilot system failed to stop the car in time to prevent a fatal underride crash. If you believe you have a case, contact our Gwinnett County autonomous vehicle injury lawyers.
The manufacturers of autonomous vehicles will be liable for most accidents involving shortcomings of their vehicles and self-driving technologies. It is the manufacturer’s duty to design and create vehicles that are reasonably safe for consumers. Failure to conduct the proper safety tests is an act of negligence that could result in manufacturer liability. The creator of the autonomous technology could also be responsible if a technology malfunction caused the crash. In other cases, third parties such as other drivers or the city of Peachtree Corners could be accountable.
Autonomous vehicle accidents and injuries are still a new area of the law. There is much that manufacturers and lawyers still don’t know about these crashes and liability for damages. It’s important to hire an injury attorney you trust to represent you after a crash involving an autonomous vehicle in Gwinnett County. The Gwinnett County autonomous vehicle accident lawyers at Dermer Appel Ruder can help you fight for full compensation for these unique types of accidents. We work hard to come up with personalized solutions to even the most complex car accident cases. Contact us today for a free consultation. Serving Atlanta and all surrounding areas!